The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace. Mattancherry, the western part of the corporation of Cochin, was once a bustling centre of trade, particularly in spices. Mattancherry welcomed every migrant community like that of Jews, Konkanis, Gujaratis, Jains and Marathis made the place their home. Jew Town is the narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Pardesi Synagogue. It is famous for the antique shops all along its sides.
The antique shops on Jew Town store anything and everything that can be described as antique and that may catch the eye of a tourist. Jewellery, crockery, wooden pillars, curios, wooden and metal figurines, statuettes, carved wooden furniture and handicrafts like wooden elephants, mirrors, wall hangings, paintings - you name it, they have it. There are also lamps, Chinese urns, door frames, vintage photographs, and glass and porcelain ware that were once part of churches or homesteads of noble families